Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) in Clinical Psychology


On-Campus Program

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology degree program at Sofia University provides formal training in the science and practice of clinical psychology. It is an on-campus program designed to meet the standards of the American Psychology Association's Committee on Accreditation. In addition to a broad and general preparation in clinical psychology, the program provides training in theory, assessment, and treatment related to spiritual and religious diversity issues. Mindfulness as a source of both clinician self-care and treatment interventions is a core part of the curriculum. After degree completion, you will be prepared for a career as a licensed clinical psychologist, which may include supervisory and program development positions in healthcare settings, substance abuse and mental health treatment settings, corrections agencies, private practice, teaching, and/or research.


The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program includes the following:

  • An accomplished faculty actively involved in clinical research and practice, with an emphasis on spiritual applications;
  • A cohort-based community of learners;
  • Broad and general training in clinical psychology with an emphasis on religious and spiritual diversity;
  • Training in emotional regulation to improve clinical performance including meditation. 
  • Two years of clinical practica and one year (1,500 hours) of supervised internship experience;
  • Research and dissertation focused on a clinical psychology topic relevant to the student’s interests and issues of religious and/or spiritual diversity.


A specialization in creative expression is also available.  Click here to read about the history of the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program. 


Program Prerequisites

Bachelor’s degree or higher with a minimum 3.0 GPA in psychology or a related field.

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Program Goals

Goal I

To educate students in foundational scientific knowledge and empirical research in order to foster effective and ethical clinical psychology practice with the ability to draw on a broad set of psychological interventions and theories to serve the needs of diverse clients. 

Goal II

To produce graduates who identify as clinical practitioners who value professionalism, relationship, and the capacity for reflective self-assessment situated within appropriate ethical boundaries. 

Goal III

To train students to understand clinical and theoretical knowledge of, as well as an awareness and sensitivity to, individual and cultural diversity in their academic, clinical, and professional work and relationships.

Goal IV

To train students in methods of psychological assessment that include interviewing techniques and skills, formal psychological tests and measurements, integration and synthesis of assessment data, and effective and sensitive communication of results. 

Goal V

To develop graduates who have the ability to identify and address issues of religious and spiritual diversity in clinical psychology theory, research, and practice.


Fall, Year 1

Introduction to Group Therapy
Psychotherapy Theory & Interventions: Humanistic-Existential
Social Bases of Behavior
Scientific Scholarly Writing & Critical Thinking
Professional Development: Mindfulness in Self-Care of the Clinician I
Practicum Workshop I 

Winter, Year 1

Psychopathology & Diagnosis
Psychotherapy Theory & Interventions: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Human Development Part A
Psychotherapy Theory & Interventions: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Professional Development: Mindfulness in Self-Care of the Clinician II
Practicum Workshop II

Spring, Year 1

Law & Ethics I
Psychotherapy Theory & Interventions: Family Systems
Human Development Part B
Clinical Psychology Theory & Research: Spiritual Applications

Fall, Year 2

Diversity Issues in Clinical Practice
Quantitative Research Methods
Clinical Practicum Seminar
Psychometric Theory, Applications & Reports I
Advanced Practicum Workshop I

Winter, Year 2

Biological Bases of Behavior Part A

Qualitative Research Methods
Clinical Practicum Seminar
Psychometric Theory, Applications & Reports II

Spring, Year 2

Biological Bases of Behavior Part B
Advanced Research Methods
Clinical Practicum Seminar
Psychometric Theory, Applications & Reports III
Law & Ethics II

Fall, Year 3

Advanced Clinical Practicum Seminar
Research Seminar: Dissertation Proposal
Supervision, Consultation & Leadership in Clinical Psychology

Winter, Year 3

Advanced Clinical Practicum Seminar
Religious & Spiritual Diversity in Clinical Practice
Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior Part A
Human Sexuality

Spring, Year 3

Advanced Clinical Practicum Seminar
History & Systems
Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior Part B

Year 4

Internship Workshop II

Year 5


Electives (this is a sample; electives offered during your residency years may be different)

Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy 
Forgiveness and Psychotherapy 
Psychedelics in Clinical Research 
Positive Psychology 
Forgiveness and Gratitude in Clinical Research and Practice
Creative Expression in Psychotherapy 
Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy 
Jungian Psychotherapy 

California Licensure Sequence (Credit courses and non-credit Workshops) 

Human Sexuality 
Treatment of Chemical Dependency 
Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting Workshop 
Spousal Abuse Workshop
Aging and Long Term Care 

Total Core Required Credits: 117
Required Electives: 3
Total: 120

Total Required Units: 120 (117 core, 3 elective)

NOTE: To ensure that our students are able to be the most empathic to their clients and are prepared to be of service to the public, our program includes professional development outside of the program in the form of 40 hours of personal psychotherapy that are completed by the end of the second year of the program.

Gates to Completion

  • Complete all required coursework (120 units total, with 3.0 electives)
  • 20 hours psychotherapy Year 1
  • 20 hours psychotherapy Year 2
  • Practicum Training, Year 2 - minimum 300 hours
  • Advanced Practicum Training, Year 3 - minimum 500 hours
  • Clinical Competency Exam - Year 3
  • Dissertation Proposal - Year 3
  • Dissertation Final Draft - Year 4
  • Internship (1,500 hours) - Year 5